Mary Green
July 20, 2017 10:55 AM

 

When Christina Arquette found out she was pregnant with her and husband David‘s second child — son Augustus “Gus” Alexis, now 4 months — she was “really, really excited.”

“My first pregnancy was beautiful, easy and happy. I was floating, eating everything I wanted,” she tells PEOPLE for this week’s issue. “I thought, ‘Great, I get to feel that again.’ ”

But around her fifth week, Christina began suffering from bouts of intense nausea and vomiting. “It’s just a terrible feeling,” she laments. “I would be running to the bathroom and David would be holding my hair.”

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The morning sickness — which Christina actually experienced at night — “really caused a lot of problems for me as a mom,” she says.

“I couldn’t take the kids to school or put [the couple’s older son Charlie West, 3] to bed,” Christina adds. “I was just sick and in bed all the time. I don’t think I brushed my teeth for a week because I was so bedridden and uncomfortable.”

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Christina finally found relief when her doctor prescribed Diclegis, the first FDA-approved medication to treat morning sickness (she’s since become a spokesperson). Thanks to the medication, she was able to resume her life — and, in particular, return to family dinners.

“I’m from Arkansas,” she says. “We do all the southern stuff — fried okra, fried chicken, dumplings.”

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The couple’ s family also includes David’s daughter Coco, 13, from his previous marriage to Courteney Cox. Since Gus was born in March, his parents have been kept very busy.

“We’ve got a teenager, a toddler and a newborn,” David says, laughing. “It’s a crazy household.”

For more about David and Christina Arquette’s growing family, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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